AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans


  • Colts OL Ryan Kelly said the team will only be working for the next two weeks, then the team will take a break before training camp. (Zak Keefer)
  • Kelly credits HC Frank Reich for making a compromise that helps both the players and team: “I think this is the best. It’s the best offer that I saw out of anybody in the NFL.” (George Bremer)
  • Colts OL Quenton Nelson said he’s happy he gets to stay at left guard instead of moving to left tackle: “I definitely wanted to stay at left guard, but I was going to do whatever the team required me to do.” (Bremer)
  • Nelson also said he is excited to work with new LT Eric Fisher: “I was really happy with getting Fish. He’s a great guy. Just meeting him a couple times before this, then today. He’s smart; he’s a good player. He’s been in a good system with KC. Really excited to get to work with him.” (Jim Ayello)
  • Colts DL DeForest Buckner said his ankle injury last year was “pretty bad,” but he is healthy now: “Got the ankle back fairly normal.” (Bremer)
  • Buckner also said rookie DL Dayo Odeyingbo reminded him of himself: “He definitely kind of reminded me of myself a little bit from back in college.” (Bremer)
  • Colts WR T.Y. Hilton didn’t want to say whether the offense will feature more deep balls this year: “We can’t give away too much. But it’s gonna be fun.” (Stephen Holder)
  • Reich said he is comfortable taking a chance on QB Carson Wentz: “I’m willing to put my neck on the line for players I believe in. I believe in this team. I believe in Carson.” (Bremer)
  • Reich also said that Wentz is a hard worker: “I’ve been really thankful that the quarterbacks I’ve worked with have been some of the hardest workers on the team, and Carson’s no exception to that.” (Bremer)
  • According to Reich, Wentz has been working with the Colts wide receivers this offseason. (Joel A. Erickson)
  • Reich said Wentz was “under the weather” so he didn’t participate in voluntary workouts: “Hoping that’s just a 24-hour thing.” (Bremer)
  • On the offseason schedule, Reich said it was important to find a compromise: “I think we started from a point of trust, nobody trying to manipulate anything.” (Erickson)


The Jaguars haven’t signed Tim Tebow yet but HC Urban Meyer has openly admitted he’s mulling the idea of bringing his former quarterback at Florida in and converting him to tight end. While the Jaguars have a need at the position, the move would be as much about building Meyer’s culture in the locker room as it would be Tebow’s on-field production, if he’s able to provide any. Another of Tebow’s past coaches, former Broncos HC John Fox, said he can see where Meyer is coming from but adds Tebow is still a longshot to make the team. 

“Urban really likes him,” Fox said via Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “He believes in his leadership. And I do too. He can be a really positive force in the locker room, he can help you establish a culture. But realistically, I haven’t seen him play in 10 years. To line up and play tight end after all that time off? To me, it’s a longshot.”


  • The Athletic’s Aaron Reiss writes the Texans preferred QB Tyrod Taylor as a bridge quarterback signing this offseason over other options because of his mobility, as they currently are unsettled on the interior offensive line. 
  • However, Reiss still expects third-round QB Davis Mills to play at some point this season. 

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